Originally Posted by arlee453
So, on the subject of macerators...(and cmulvey, thanks for sharing that story, I could almost see it happening)...
Can anyone tell me more about these macerator systems? How would they work on TT where you don't have an enclosed sewer outlet?
I've looked at them, and it seems to me that the advantages of them are.
-You can leave it hooked up all the time so it's quicker to setup to dump
-You don't have to be careful about how you place your hose and it can pump uphill
-it may make it quicker to fully empty the tanks
-the hose is a smaller diameter, so it takes up less space
-may not be able to leave attached in a TT
-Expensive ($400-500 for a pump and some hoses? wow...)
-still have to wrassle a long length of hose, and we use the revolution hoses which compact down pretty small if you squeeze them down and put the caps on
What am I missing here? I just don't find the whole process that much of a pain in the rear? What is the real advantage of a pump system and would it make sense to use on a TT with the external outlet where you can't leave it installed all the time.
For me the main advantage is for those rare instances that I have to dump my tanks at home so I'm not carrying that "stuff" with me on another camping trek.
The main purpose (IMO) of the macerator is to allow you to dump your waste via a 3/4" or 1" hose. Even with the use of chemicals, there will be some items in your tank that would ordinarily clog a hose of that size.
As in my case where I converted a garbage disposal to use as my macerator, it reduces those objects that would normally clog a small diameter hose to such a size that they flow freely through it.
Another benefit of the macerator is that you don't need a 4" "dump station" at your house. You can feed the hose into a sewage drain, your home toilet, etc. I mysef have a 4" sewer access at my home due to clogged home sewer in the past which I feed my macerator hose into (which is approx 35' away). Without the macerator I'd need multiple sections of 4" drain hose and would have issues with slight rises in elevation along the 35' route.
For me, my macerator stays at home, for those rare occasions I need to dump while here and I would never recommend leaving it hooked up full time.
Hope this helps with your understanding of the use.
I never would have paid what they charge for a macerator but I ran across plans for making youur own and it so happened I had a garbage disposal from Son in Law and most everything else needed for project so I thought I'd give it a try. Am fairly happy with the results and the cost savings of project - Priceless!